Donald Tusk to appear as witness in Warsaw
PR dla Zagranicy
European Council head Donald Tusk will appear before Polish prosecutors to answer questions in a probe into a suspected secret deal with Russian intelligence by former senior officials.
European council President Donald Tusk during a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 28 March 2017. Photo: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
Prosecutors in Poland are investigating an alleged secret deal between Russian and Polish intelligence services.
A spokesman for the district Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw told the PAP news agency in mid-March that Tusk had been summoned in a probe into former bosses of Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service (SKW) allegedly cooperating with Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) without permission.
The FSB is Russia’s principal security agency and the main successor agency to the KGB.
Poland’s Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily reported in December that former SKW head Gen. Janusz Nosek and his successor, Piotr Pytel, have been accused of overstepping their powers.
Gazeta Polska Codziennie said that Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service and the FSB struck a deal in April 2010, just after the crash of the Polish presidential plane in western Russia, on cooperation regarding threats faced by either of the sides.
Tusk was Polish prime minister at the time.
In a statement on Thursday, Tusk’s spokesman said that the head of the European Council will appear as a witness in Warsaw on 19 April. (rg/pk)